Socket gouge

Contributed by Davistown Museum


J. Gray is from Kingston, MA, ca. 1849. He made edge tools used by the Rochester, MA, shipbuilders to create the
New Bedford Whaling ships. Did he use imported English cast steel or a local source of slightly inferior American
cast steel? The primitive hand forged appearance of this gouge suggests that it may have been made prior to the
working dates listed by DATM -- was there more than one J. Gray working in Kingston, MA, which was a center of
edge tool production utilizing local bog iron beginning at least as early as the mid-18th century?

Size: 15 2/8" long including 4 3/4" long wooden handle, 5/8" wide.

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About This Item

  • Title: Socket gouge
  • Creator: Gray, J.
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • State: MA
  • Media: Forged iron, welded cast steel, iron ferrule
  • Local Code: 102904T13
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
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